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Funeral arrangements set for Hackettstown pastor who died of rare brain disease

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A visitation will be held Friday, May 28 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 213 Main Street in Hackettstown, to honor the life of Dr. Rev. Frank Fowler.

Fowler, senior pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church, died from Creutzfeldt Jacob Disease (CJD) Friday afternoon, according to Pastor Debra A. De Vos.

A few months ago Fowler’s health took an unexpected turn and as he sought answers and a diagnosis, his symptoms continued to advance very quickly. Ultimately, Fowler was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt Jacob Disease (CJD), a rapidly, progressing neurodegenerative brain disease, De Vos said.

“He was surrounded by his wife and daughters as he peacefully transitioned home,” De Vos said.

His visitation will be from from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. and for more information click here.

A funeral service will also be held on Saturday, May 29 at 11:00 a.m. in the Trinity Church Sanctuary with Bishop John Schol, presiding. In addition to the sanctuary, the service may be viewed in the Rotunda, Starr Hall, the KidZone, and Trinity House as well as Centenary University.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street in Hackettstown, and online condolences can be left at

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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